Banned book group reads ‘Bless me, Ultima’


The Banned Book Club at the Las Cruces Public Libraries will discuss a major work of New Mexico literature, Rudolfo Anaya’s “Bless Me, Ultima,” at its monthly meeting for May.

The coming-of-age novel is set in rural New Mexico in the 1940s and follows the spiritual and cultural awakening of a young Hispanic man in a mystical and culturally rich landscape.

The novel has been critically acclaimed since its publication in 1972 but has also been the target of school library challenges around the country for its adult language, religious and spiritual themes. In New Mexico, there were even reports of a 1981 book burning in Bloomfield, near Farmington. It was named among the American Library Association’s annual “Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books” in 2008 and 2013.

Print copies of the book are available at the library for checking out, and e-reader and audio book copies are also available through the libraries’ Libby and Hoopla apps, the library stated in a news release.

The discussion will convene at 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, at the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Avenue.

More information is available via librarian Mindy Del Campo at 575-528-4024 or

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